As for the sports side of things, I am very intrigued by the upcoming Championship games. The Packers and Bears revisit an old rivalry and the Jets and Pittsburgh are will slug it out in a defensive showdown. I'm predicting a Steelers v. Packers championship bought, and I'll tell ya why.
Jets v. Steelers is not what most would have predicted, myself included. Both sport strong defenses and both are capable at running the football. This game is going to come down to experience, and the Jets just don't have that. Down the stretch Mark Sanchez was the epitome of average, against the Colts he was not much better. I will concede he did have 3 TD passes v. the Pats but, outside of the 3 TD, it was a very average game statistically. The jets offense will absolutely collapse if the game comes down to his arm. Mark Sanchez has the makings of a good QB, but his success has been very much dependent on the running game of the Jets. Teams don't run over the Steelers. So we will see how Sanchez really is.
On the flip side, and trust me I hate to acknowledge this, Big Ben Roethlisberger has played in the big games and is capable of carrying his team. That being said, the Steelers, like always, are capable of running the football. Yes the Jets have a strong secondary, but the physicality of the Pittsburgh Receiving Corps will cause issues. This isn't Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon on the outside, who are quick and get open with speed and agility, these guys go up looking for contact and to make a play.
My prediction: Jets 17 Steelers 31
Bears v. Packers... Just feels right don't it? I'm picking the Packers for a couple reasons. One, the Packers were pre-season favorites for a reason. They are a deep team, and the can put up points, as demonstrated by their thrashing of the #1 seed Falcons. The second reason I'm picking the Pack is because the Bears.... are well the Bears.
Aaron Rodgers has put up quality numbers ever since replacing the historic #4. This year he is making sure his team is going to go all the way. In this post season he has passed for 546 yards, 6 TD's and no interceptions. He did enough to ensure a win against Philadelphia and tore apart the Atlanta secondary.
Chicago has shown a great talent the last few seasons. That talent has been choking under pressure and failing to meet expectations. After da Bears lost to the Colts back in 06, they just haven't been able to figure it out. The bears do have a good record this season, but in my opinion atleast, they have failed to do anything. They have struggled against mediocre teams, a bad call saved them from an embarrassing loss in Detroit, and they lost to both the Redskins and Seahawks in the regular season. The Bears did split the season series with the Pack, but lost week 17 and both games were close. Throw in a head case QB in the Bears backfield. I feel not much more needs be said. I'm picking the pack.